So you’ve booked your cycling trip. Now what? Whether it’s your first trip or you’re a returning veteran, it’s tough to train for a week of cycling without weeks of cycling. But, we’ve come up with a few ways in which you can prep for your trip within the confines of your everyday schedule.
Choose the Right Trip
For example, if you’ve never ridden single track we probably wouldn’t advise you to take a single track trip first. You can get fit in a few months at home, but you’ll want to hone your skills for a while before taking a full-on single track trip. We'd love to help you select one of our cycling adventures. Give us a call any time.
Plan Local Rides
Once you know you’re on the right trip, see if there are any similar rides in your area and plan a few before your departure. Again, we can help with this, so feel free to contact us with any questions. This will get you psyched and keep you motivated to train, and it will help to prep your skills for the adventure ahead. Running, hiking, and swimming are all great ways to get in shape, but the best way to prepare for long, consecutive days in the saddle is by taking long rides on consecutive days.
Make a Schedule
A training schedule is a great way to keep yourself on track in the months leading up to your trip. There can be some flexibility in the activities you choose, but you’ll want to commit to some kind of aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes, three times a week. Plan workouts that are convenient and fun, and write them down ahead of time. Commit to yourself, make your workouts a priority, and be sure to include days to rest and recover.
Train With a Friend
If you’re taking the trip with someone who lives nearby, schedule some (or all) of your workouts together. An extra level of accountability will keep you going and get you excited for your trip. Even if your training buddies aren’t coming on the trip with you, it is nice to have that company and extra commitment through training.
Set and Share Goals
It has been proven that specific goals increase growth and training. Set specific goals and share them with family and friends. This will help to keep you working towards them, and will give you people to celebrate with when you reach a new milestone.
Rest and Sleep Before Your Trip
In the week before your trip, don’t work out too hard or often. You’ll want to keep yourself moving and limber, but start resting up for several days of riding. Do some yoga and make time for some lower intensity workouts. Also make sure you get plenty of sleep before the trip. You’ll want to be as healthy and strong as possible!
Finally, don’t stress. It’s hard to fit in long days of training alongside work, family, and everyday responsibilities. Do the best you can. Your efforts will be well rewarded.